Reid claims progress towards a deal after meeting with McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after meeting with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP/Evan Vucci)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after meeting with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
(AP/Evan Vucci)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) claims progress towards an agreement to both avoid default on government obligations and end a government shutdown now into its third week after a closed-door meeting today with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Emerging from the meeting, Reid said “we’re getting closer” but would not go into details and said an accord is not yet reached  but added that he hoped to present details when he, McConnell and House leaders meet with President Barack Obama Monday afternoon.

Obama also seemed cautiously optimistic while visited a Washington charity Monday.

“My hope is that a spirit of cooperation will move us forward,” Obama said to reporters.  “If we don’t start making some reach progress, both in the House and the Senate, and if Republicans aren’t willing to set aside some of their partisan concerns in order to do what’s right for the country, we stand a good chance of defaulting.”

Obama, however, seems determined to hold the line on concessions.  The White House, in announcing the meeting today at the White House, repeated that the President “will not pay a ransom for Congress reopening the government and raising the debt limit.”

Some close to the process tell Capitol Hill Blue that while concern about the possibility is definitely high on everyone’s lists, some still wonder is the anxiety level on Capitol Hill is high enough to force either side to put aside the deep partisan issues that still block an agreement.

They hope more progress is reported after the meeting between Obama and Congressional leaders at the White House.

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